The second group is made up of nations with a medal count between 20 and 35 units. The average is around 24, vs. 60 for the top tier group. This difference in results is also visible on the total number of points obtained, since the average of this group is around 70 points, that is, only one third of the elite group score. Yet, France, Croatia, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Azerbaijan – all nations in this group – train top-ranked athletes as this group’s points-per-medal ratio of 3.2, is merely less than the 3.7 scored by the top tier group.
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